Reykjavik Reads 2012


The first Reykjavik Reads Festival, held in October 2012, was dedicated to one book in the fashion of One City, One Book festivals that have for example been held regularly in the UNESCO Cities of Literature, Edinburgh and Dublin.

The book in focus was a Reykjavik novel from 1950, Vögguvísa (Lullaby) by Elías Mar, one of the first Icelandic novels focusing on the life of teenagers in the city, which was rapidly growing at the time. The book was reissued by a local publisher in printed form, as an e-book and audio book.

Among other things, this first month long festival gave birth to a new lullaby presented to all day-cares in Reykjavík, as well as a word-graffiti mural at the City Library’s main building. Videos were made with local comedians who worked with the text from the novel, exhibitions put up, literary walking tours were offered to schools and the public, several school projects took place, as well as seminars for the public and the book and the festival were prominent in the local media.